Recently the civic administration of the city has created a Nuisance Detection squad to monitor the cleanliness drive in the city. Now the NMC will appoint these people in every ward (prabhag) of the city, and ex-servicemen are given priority while appointing the members for this squad.
Earlier, the civic body had recruited 46 members for this team and 41 were later added. And after the need increased the civic chief Abhijeet Bangar has taken steps to appoint 64 more and wants to strengthen the NDS with members of 151 people to tackle the problem of encroachments and abundant use of plastic.
As per information, the formation of NDS was an initiative by NMC health department to maintain cleanliness in the city. And the squad comprises of 76 guards, 10 supervisors, one special executive officer who are appointed for 11 months duration.NDS is playing a vital role for preserving cleanliness in NMC premises, confiscating plastic and other initiatives. However with another 64 members in the team the civic body will have to incur additional expenses of Rs.1.69 core on their remuneration for 11 months. The fine collected by this squad will help in fulfilling these costs.
At present the civic body charges Rs.100 and Rs.200 for spitting and urinating in open. And it has planned to hike fines and waiting for an approval from the standing committee meeting to be held on this Friday.